4 reasons Grassroots has us hooked!


1Magic’s local drama, Grassroots is gripping the nation. If you haven’t watched it yet, you need to get on it right now.

Grassroots tells the story of two young men, Asanda and Monwabisi, caught between staunch traditional values and their dreams of wearing the green and gold jersey. Whether their new-found friendship will survive the pressures of school and the expectations of their families remains to be seen, but we’ll be cheering from the stands, because nothing brings people together like rugby and a shared dream.

1. Rugby is at the centre of it all

All Asanda has ever wanted, all he’s ever known, is the dream of becoming a Springbok. It wasn’t the obvious choice for this rural lad from the remote town of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, where tradition is the order of the day. In fact, his father specifically suggested he try soccer. But the rugby bug had bitten, and it wasn’t letting go. For Monwabisi, on the other hand, rugby – as much as he loves it, as good as he is – is a means to an end. But for him, rugby is a stepping stone to his real dream – to study law.

2. Culture and tradition conflict with the Western way of life

No self-respecting well raised Xhosa boy would dare miss out on his own initiation ceremony, but Asanda did. Some would call it brave. His father, Buzwe, would more likely go for “stupid”. Be that as it may, it takes guts to defy expectations and rebel against age-old traditions – and the wishes of your family – for a rugby game, no less! Monwabisi assumed the role as head of the household after his father’s death, and that came with the obligatory obedience to all things traditional. And so he dutifully completed the initiation rites, unlike Asanda.

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3. Family feuds are not what they are cracked up to be

In a world of generational hatred and spite, Monwabisi and Asanda ought to have been mortal enemies. And at first, they were – with good reason. After all, Monwabisi’s father, Gcin’umzi Nala died under suspicious circumstances while working with Asanda’s father, Buzwe. Even though the two clans share a kinship, relations quickly soured. The bitterness, of course, was passed down to the children. – but not for long.

4. Hard times can unite even the biggest enemies

At St Sebastian’s private school, far from home and out of their comfort zone, Asanda and Monwabisi have faced bullying and blatant racism from their fellow students. Those dark days at boarding school have brought the two boys together and their shared passion for rugby has seen a new respect and friendship blossom between them ... just as long as that blossoming remains confined to the streets of Jozi, because Buzwe would have a fit if he found out, and so would Monwabisi’s mother, Funeka Nala.

Watch Grassroots on Fridays on 1Magic (103) at 19:30
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